There is wide clinical overlap between provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) and IC/BPS as both conditions may include dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and lower urinary tract symptoms. Unlike with IC/BPS evaluation, PVD patients are diagnosed by having confined vestibular pain and positive cotton swab (Q-tip) testing. Successful treatment of PVD has been anecdotally observed to resolve IC/BPS patient bladder symptoms. The goal of this study was to advance our knowledge concerning the association of successful treatment for PVD and subsequent bladder symptom improvement.
011 Successful Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/PBS) in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)
The Journal of Sexual Medicine